After some false alarms and what seemed like an endless processing of casting and rehearsals, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is finally going to start shooting, and sooner than I expected. According to The New Zealand Herald, filming will start in March in Sydney, Australia, going for 17 weeks and lasting for an incredible 30 weeks of post-production, all taking place in Australia. Yes, a small-scale drama set on New York's Long Island has now become a massive effort shooting in Australia and employing 150 people to work on post-production and visual effects alone. An it's being made by the man whose last film, Australia, cost a fortune and made virtually no money. Baz Luhrmann, bless him, is a man for whom the word "small" has no meaning.

The film will also be shot in 3D, marking the first time stars Leonardo DiCaprio (as Gatsby), Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway) and Carey Mulligan (Daisy) have ever worked in the format. It is, in other words, absolutely not going to be the Gatsby you read in high school, though what it will be seems totally unclear. At this point, with Luhrmann clearly running off on his own tangent about what he wants the movie to be, I'm kind of excited to see how wild his vision will be. F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, beloved and studied by generations of English students, is what it is, and Luhrmann's film is clearly going to be something newer, wilder, and different. Sure, it may be a disaster, but it'll be original-- or as original as an adaptation can be, I guess.

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